Maggie’s aims to de-stress the nation

MAGGIE’S is on a mission to de-stress the nation’s workers with a new campaign to help reduce anxiety levels.

Stress accounts for 400,000 sick days each day in the UK and will impact more than half the workforce at some time. But now Maggie’s new campaign - Stress Down Friday - hopes to enable companies to raise awareness of the problem and even reduce stress at work.

The first ever Stress Down Friday today (Friday) will see companies across the country offer a range of activities to reduce employee stress based on Maggie’s expert support programme for people with cancer, their friends and families.

Maggie’s chief executive Laura Lee said: “A cancer diagnosis often brings a great amount of anxiety, worry and stress to a family. At Maggie’s we give expert support and stress management workshops to provide the skills to cope with the enormity of cancer.

“Stress however is something we recognise as an issue facing a lot of people, an issue that can really affect health and well-being.”

She went on: “Stress Down Friday is a great way for people to think about their stress, actively reducing their stress levels whilst learning about Maggie’s and supporting the work we do.”

Maggie’s programme of support empowers people to live with hope and determination no matter what they’re facing. A crucial part of this is boosting self-esteem and equipping people with the skills to manage stress and anxiety. These skills can help in dealing with the consequences of cancer and also in day-to-day life.

Recent research by Edenred and EnergiseYou has shown that 66 per cent of respondents could see a direct link between staff engagement and wellbeing in the workplace, yet only 33 per cent follow through with a well-being strategy.

Stress Down Friday will bring wellbeing alive for employers and employees across the country whilst raising vital funds for Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres.

Head of corporate fund-raising at Maggie’s, Gemma Byrne, explained: “The wellbeing of employees is something employers are now taking very seriously and Stress Down Friday is an easy, practical way for companies to do this.”

Sign up for Stress Down Friday by calling 020 7386 3528.